Karachi: In Karachi’s Central Jail, a convict named Ijaz Tasleem, sentenced for abduction for ransom, has given his mother 1 million rupees and 300,000 rupees to his sister for her wedding from the earnings he made through his paintings. In the exhibition, over 200 different art pieces of more than 35 prisoners were displayed.
According to IG Jail Khana Jat, Hassan Sutho, the convict, sentenced for abduction for ransom, earned 1.3 million rupees through his paintings and has given 1 million rupees to his mother, expressing a desire to send her on a pilgrimage. Additionally, he has given 300,000 rupees to his sister for her wedding expenses.
It’s worth noting that a few days ago, an art exhibition of Central Jail prisoners was held at the Arts Council Karachi. During the three-day exhibition, Ijaz Tasleem, an inmate, sold 23 paintings and some art pieces. In total, he earned 1.3 million rupees, which were presented to him by the Interior Minister during the event.
It should be noted that from September 23rd to 25th, 2023, an exhibition of art created by inmates was held at the Arts Council. These paintings and art pieces were unique in that they were created by the artists while they were incarcerated.
One of the paintings created by Ijaz Tasleem featured intricate detailing, demonstrating the artist’s talent. The jail administration stated that the entire amount earned from the sale of the paintings belongs to the inmate who created them, and the money will be given to him.
Buying paintings from inmates can contribute to the financial support of their families. When one looks at Ijaz Tasleem’s art, it feels as though it was created by a free artist, not by a prisoner.
The police stated that most of the art pieces displayed in this exhibition were made by inmates who have been sentenced to 25 years in prison or have been sentenced to death. Previously, these artworks were sent outside for exhibition, but for the first time in Sindh’s history, the police organized the exhibition themselves.
A large number of citizens came to appreciate the exhibition and praised the work of the inmates. It is important to remember that Ijaz Taseem is a convicted inmate serving a 25-year sentence for abduction for ransom.